Stars: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum, Dash Mihok, Jay O. Sanders
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Runtime: 124 minutes
Supreme silliness doesn't stop The Day After Tomorrow from being lots of fun for connoisseurs of epic-scale disaster flicks. After the blockbuster profits of Independence Day and Godzilla, you can't blame director Roland Emmerich for using global warming as a politically correct excuse for destroying most of the northern hemisphere. Like most of Emmerich's films, this one emphasizes special effects over such lesser priorities as well-drawn characters and plausible plotting, and his dialogue (cowritten by Jeffrey Nachmanoff) is so laughably trite that it could be entirely eliminated without harming the movie. It's the spectacle that's important here, not the lame, recycled plot about father and son (Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal) who endure an end-of-the-world scenario caused by the effects of global warming. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the awesome visions of tornado-ravaged Los Angeles, blizzards in New Delhi, Japan pummeled by grapefruit-sized hailstones, and Manhattan flooded by swelling oceans and then frozen by the onset of a modern ice age. It's all wildly impressive, and Emmerich obviously doesn't care if the science is flimsy, so why should you? --Jeff Shannon
Everything I've ever cared about, everything I've worked for, it's all been in preparation for a future that no longer exists. I know you always thought I took the competition too seriously. You were right. It was all for nothing.
No, I just said that to avoid admitting the truth.
The truth about what?
About why I joined the team. I joined it because of you.
Friedrich Nietzsche? We can't burn that! He's one of the most important thinkers in 19th Century!
Please! Nietzsche was a chauvinist pig who was in love with his sister.
He was not a chauvinist pig!
But he was in love with his sister.
Uh, excuse me, guys? Yeah, we got a whole section on tax laws down here we can burn.
Our climate is fragile. The ice caps are disappearing at a dangerous rate.
Vice President Becker:
Dr. Hall, our economy is every bit as fragile as the environment. Perhaps you should keep that in mind before making sensationalist claims.
Well, the last chunk of ice that broke off was the size of Rhode Island. A lot of folks would say that was pretty sensational.
What book is that?
The Guttenburg Bible.
You think God is going to save you?
No, I don't believe in God.
You seem to be holding onto the book very tightly.
I'm protecting it. This Bible is the first book ever published. It represents the dawn of the age of reasoning. As far as I'm concerned, the written word is mankind's greatest achievement. Laugh if you want. But if Western Civilization is destroyed, I want to save one little piece of it.